At this point, should E! just get rid of “Fashion Police” and just focus on other things? Amazingly, it seems to be the one paying TV gig that nobody wants a part of. It also seems to be in constant headlines for one thing or another, beginning with a strike, then the tragic death of Joan Rivers, then hiring Kathy Griffin, then the Zendaya – Giuliana Rancic controversy, Kelly Osbourne leaving, Griffin leaving, and now the Zendaya controversy all over again.
Why is this being dug up again now? It’s because Rancic appeared Monday on “The Today Show,” and tried to explain that her initial comments about the actress at the Golden Globes, who she claimed looked like she smelled of “patchouli oil … or weed,” were taken completely out of context. She says that she made several references to “bohemian” culture during the segment, and also a variety of peace signs to explain that it was a hippie joke, and not a racial stereotype:
“I thought that the joke was not edited in the proper way, and that’s just something I have to live with. It’s very important for me to just get out there and tell the real story, and I knew I would have my moment, but those darn headlines were so crazy for so long that I thought, ‘Let everything calm down, and then I can come out and tell the real story.’”
Was this still the right move for Rancic to make? It’s tough to say, since this is so far removed now from the written and video apology she made about the remarks. Nobody is going to hear this explanation now due to what she has already done, regardless of if she truly feels that the editors completely misinterpreted her comments.
Rancic said “we’ll see” when asked if she will return to “Fashion Police” in the future, but we still think that this show would be better off just going away forever and replaced with something that was not in the Joan Rivers tone. Nobody is going to be able to replicate her.
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